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Single Serving Buckwheat Cookies (Nut-free, Gluten-free)

Posted Jul 08 2013 8:00am

I have serious self-control issues when it comes to freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. If left to my own devices, I’d probably eat the whole batch directly out of the oven!


Which is why I’ve developed this single-serving recipe, so I can do exactly that.

These cookies feature a new type of gluten-free flour that I’ve been experimenting with lately–> buckwheat flour! If you’re not familiar with buckwheat, it’s a pseudo-grain that looks like a grain, but is actually a seed. People often mistake buckwheat for a grain because of it’s tricky name (it has nothing to do with wheat) and the fact that it can be cooked like a hot cereal, similar to steel cut oats, but don’t be fooled. It’s appropriate for anyone needing to avoid wheat and other grains that contain protein glutens.

buckwheat flour

I like to grind my own raw buckwheat groats into flour using my Vitamix , but you can also buy prepared buckwheat flour at many natural food stores, if you prefer. Buckwheat is loaded with magnesium, flavonoids and fiber, which may make it effective at controlling blood sugar and lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. The flavor is a little different than traditional grain-based flours, so don’t be surprised if these cookies have a denser, nuttier flavor than you’re used to.

These may not be your average chocolate chip cookies, but they definitely do the trick in my house. (Even my husband agrees!) They’ve become such a staple in our home, I’ve been making them multiple times each week. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

(Nut-free, Gluten-free)
makes 2 small cookies


2 level Tablespoons buckwheat flour
1 Tablespoon sucanat , or coconut crystals
2 teaspoons coconut oil , melted
1 teaspoon water
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of sea salt
2 teaspoons dark chocolate chips


Preheat your oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with a small piece of parchment paper . In a small bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients and mix well, until a uniform cookie dough is formed. Fold in the dark chocolate chips, then divide the batter into two balls and press them onto the parchment-lined baking sheet.

Use your fingers to gently flatten the cookies, then bake for 8 minutes at 350F.

bake cookies

The finished cookie should be dry and firm on the outside, and soft on the inside. Allow to cool briefly before serving.


Serve with a chilled glass of homemade almond milk , and enjoy!

Single Serving Buckwheat Cookies (Nut-free, Gluten-free)
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Serves: 1-2

A quick grain-free cookie that’s perfect for fixing a sweet craving!
  • 2 level Tablespoons buckwheat flour
  • 1 Tablespoon sucanat, or coconut crystals
  • 2 teaspoons melted coconut oil, or butter
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons dark chocolate chips



Substitution Notes:

  • If you don’t have buckwheat flour, you can substitute ground oat flour with similar results, but the cookie will no longer be grain-free. (If you must avoid gluten, make sure the oat flour is certified gluten-free.) Almond flour and coconut flour will NOT work as a substitute in this recipe.
  • Liquid sweeteners like honey and maple syrup will change the results of this recipe, and are not recommended without lots of experimentation. It’s also not recommended that you use stevia, as it will change the outcome.

: What’s your favorite single-serving type of dessert?

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